The human experience was once shadowed by the almost certain fact that you would see one or more of your children die. Now, it is haunted by a similar certainty that we will see our parents die prolonged, complicated, painful, absurd, and expensive deaths.
There is a growing group of writers of the fiftysomething generation who are taking on this subject. I am one of them, writing not long ago about my 87-year-old mother's tortured final years. David Goldhill is another. His 83-year-old father went into the hospital with pneumonia, and because hospitals are one of the worst places for your heath, never came out.
Goldhill's response "“ or revenge, because that is what we children of manhandled and tormented parents are rightly after "“ is a furious deconstruction of the heathcare system and why its incentives and basic economics are precisely what has given our parents such troubled deaths and, to boot, wreaked havoc on the nation's economy. Catastrophic Care: How American Health Killed my Father is the first in-depth critique of the healthcare system by someone who is not a policy professional in the field, or a medical industry participant, or someone with a partisan interest in the outcome. Goldhill runs a company that, in fact, markets TV and online games.